Comments: Saturday Links

TA Unions: Well, this is one academic to whom you don't have to apologize. I agree with you. But you knew that.

Federici's Law: I can't believe "depraved indifference" couldn't be demonstrated for driving an unsecured load on Maryland highways. I know those roads, and if you don't think stuff will bounce out of your truck, you're smoking something....

Container Danger: I wonder if this is the same problem that a HS student got an award for studying a few years back. The thing is, you have to study bleed-out rates before you can draw any connection between the material and the effects. It's probably there, but this report doesn't demonstrate it. That said, I do a lot less microwaving in and under plastic than I used to...

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at May 1, 2005 04:18 AM

If you don't think stuff will bounce out of the back of a truck on any highway, you're crazed. I can't count the number of times I've fought to get away from, or drop back a mile or more from, some truck where the load seemed to teeter at every bump in the road.

I stopped microwaving with plastic almost completely a year or more ago, when I first heard this. I backslide from time to time, but I try to avoid it. (The report I heard was that the heated plastic produced chemicals harmful to everyone.)

(P.S. Yes, I knew you'd agree on the TA situation, but I have a surprising number of academics who swing by here from time to time, and I don't know how all of them feel. Remembering my own experiences with TAs, I have to admit that if I'd known they were unpaid, I'd have been a little easier on a couple of them.)

Posted by Anne at May 1, 2005 10:02 AM